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May 23, 2013
The Bulldogs are one of several schools competing for the services of three-star running back Demario Richard from Palmdale (Calif.). The Bulldogs are not alone in their quest for the services of this high desert talent.
In addition to the Bulldogs, Richard has scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington and Washington State.
Richard has a tie to Fresno State and though the competition will be intense, he has done some thinking about the Bulldog football program.
"Fresno State is close to home," Richard said. "I have a friend that went there, L.J. Jones, a corner so he has gotten me a lot of recommendations.
"I know that Fresno State is a straight big time school. They are a very physical team and their not scared to play anybody. I really love that about Fresno State."
Richard is also a fan of the way the Bulldogs conduct their business on the practice field.
"The way they practice is pretty cool. There is a lot of hitting, a lot of speed and a lot of physical intensity. I like Fresno State's offense and defense.
"I have seen film of their practices from L.J., and he showed me a lot of stuff. L.J. basically told me that Fresno is a nice spot if I decide to go there."
One of the other appealing aspects for Richard is the Fresno State local fan base.
"Fresno is not a small town, and they give the team a lot of support. There is a lot of support there. All of their home games pretty much are sold out, so obviously there is a lot of support in the community."
There is good reason why the Bulldogs and many other schools are recruiting him so intensely. He can make a cut at full speed, making him football fast. He's one move, one cut and he's down the field. And he's the complete back who can also block and catch.
The proof is in the pudding.
Richard was selected Area Player of the Year, League Player of the Year, second-team all-state (underclass), for his junior season performance. He was also earned first-team all-CIF after rushing for 1,800-plus yards, 24 touchdowns and averaged 9.95 yards per carry. He also had two receiving touchdowns.
Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.
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